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... and she will come running to my rescue.’

So Alice tried her new plan and let out three sharp claps with her hands.

‘But I won’t call out at the same time, as I usually do, on account of my voice being so squeaky,’ she added.

All at once, there was the sound of movement under the covers and it wasn’t long before Alice felt a familiar soft body pressed up close to her own.

Chapter II

Conversation with a Cat

In which Alice learns the art of being a cat

‘Why, Miss Alice!’ said the kitten, sniffing at her and placing a warm paw on Alice’s face just to make sure that it was indeed her.  ‘There you are at last and we have been looking all over for you!’

‘I am sorry, Kitty,’ said Alice, in her little squeaky voice, ‘but I really have been trying to attract your attention.’

‘Well, obviously not hard enough,’ said the kitten, taking charge.  ‘You have no idea how worried we have all been.  You really have been so very naughty, going off like that without telling anyone.’

‘I am so sorry, Kitty,’ said Alice, contritely, ‘but I don’t usually have to account for myself before doing this sort of thing.’

‘That is just where you are wrong,’ said the kitten, sternly.  ‘You are no longer in your own world and you must take great care that you don’t make a mistake or you may very well lose your head entirely.’

By now it was starting to get slightly lighter, and Alice could just make out some dim ...

‘You are no longer in your own world …’

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